Our Approach to the True Pomsky
The Pomsky is a fascinating phenomena that really picked up speed around 2011.
It mainly started with a photo that went viral on the internet, claiming to be a Pomsky, a Husky / Pomeranian,
a husky puppy that never grows up (implying that the photo showed a full grown dog).
In reality, the photo was of a Finnish Lapphund puppy named Tequila (Photographer Tommie Ohlson).
What is most fascinating about the Pomsky, is that it almost instantly became one of the world's most popular, in-demand breeds - and it didn't actually exist!
Since the viral photos claimed the "Pomsky" was a cross between the Siberian Husky and the Pomeranian, breeders started artificially inseminating their Huskies with Pomeranian semen in hopes to make the famous Pomsky a reality!
We decided to join the effort in 2012. At the time there were only a handful of us worldwide who were attempting to create the viral Pomsky. What we found, though, is that breeding a Siberian Husky to a Pomeranian VERY RARELY resulted in a puppy that resembled the "true" viral Pomsky. The grand majority of the time the puppies grew to look like a giant Pomeranian rather than a tiny Husky. There was a huge inconsistency in size, averaging 20-25 lbs. There was also a huge variation in both appearance and temperament. Thus, when buyers bought a pup, there was little way of knowing exactly how that puppy would turn out as an adult - that pup would likely not resemble the true, viral Pomsky type at all!
It became clear to us that producing the true Pomsky was going to be a much bigger project than merely crossing Huskies to Pomeranians. It would take a concerted effort of very selective, scientific breeding in order to combine all the right genetics into our bloodlines to produce litters that stayed small & were fluffy, adorable, and husky-marked with fantastic family-friendly temperaments.
About 2014, we were one of the first 8 breeders to join with a wonderful, friendly group of like-minded breeders in the newly formed International Pomsky Association (IPA). The IPA has been joined by many more breeders since then, and we all have worked together in making the true, viral Pomsky a reality -
with the goal of developing it into a new breed that would someday achieve AKC recognition.
However, AKC does not recognize hybrids or designer breeds; ie, cross-breeds like a Pomsky.
A new breed can't be made up of only 2 breeds, but must have a varied gene pool not linked tightly to breeds that are already recognized. Thus, our focus became less about producing Husky / Pomeranian crosses and more about producing the breed type that the Pomsky was intended to be. While keeping our gene pool made up mostly of Siberian Huskies and Pomeranians, we set out to develop a breed that REALLY IS a "true" Pomsky -according to the concept that had originally gone viral.
Another requirement for official breed recognition is that the breed be given an official name that doesn't represent a hybrid or designer breed. That is why you don't see AKC breeds with names like
"golden doodle" or "pug-a-poo"..... or Pomsky.
Thus, in 2019, the name Arctic Spitz was chosen as the official name for dogs of the true, viral Pomsky type.
(Similar to how Mini Aussies are officially recognized as the American Miniature Shepherd)
Having now produced over 200 Pomsky pups, many of which are included in various other Pomsky Breeder's programs, we are very pleased to say that the breeding females we have now are everything we are striving to produce, and with the recent addition of our new up and coming studs, Dimitri and Li Shang,
we have arrived at our goal!
With each litter, we are producing the true, viral Pomsky type more and more consistently!
As you research the Pomsky, you will find that our approach to producing a specific type of Pomsky is not the only approach out there. There are many breeders who, like us, are working to produce this type. There are also many other breeders who are or focused on breeding only Husky / Pomeranian crosses. They will remove a dog from their breeding program if that dog does not DNA test as having only Siberian Husky and Pomeranian in the bloodlines.
While we EMBARK dna test all of our breeding dogs (mostly for the health testing), and most test as having only Siberian Husky and Pomeranian in their bloodlines, we do not remove a dog from our program if they test as having a small % of other breeds and also embody what we are striving to produce. One reason for this is that there is a margin of error in the DNA tests wherein purebred dogs may inaccurately test with a small % of something else in them (Click Here to read about this on the EMBARK website). Also, we have chosen to make our breeding choices based more heavily on how each individual dog can bring us closer to consistently producing the true, viral Pomsky type, and less about having ONLY those breeds show up on the Breed Identification DNA tests (though we still want a very high % to be just Pomeranian / Husky, and there are some breeds we absolutely don't want in our lines!) But after all, remember - to be recognized as a true breed, there must be more than Siberian Husky and Pomeranian in the bloodlines.
Thus, while most of our breeding dogs do EMBARK test as having only Siberian Husky and Pomeranian, you will notice that Mulan and Fiona (shown below) EMBARK test as having a small % of German Shepherd and Malamute in their lines, probably mixed in 3-4 generations back. Also, Jasmine's EMBARK shows 8% Malamute. We have chosen to include them in our breeding program because all three little girls (only 10-15 lbs) embody what we are striving to produce, in both type and temperament, and have proven their value in the amazing puppies they have produced for us!
All three are fully registered Pomskies (Arctic Spitz) with the IPA and CKC; and the inclusion of their bloodlines in our program helps move the breed closer to AKC recognition.
Also, more breeds = increased genetic diversity = healthier dogs
We invite you to browse our website and look at our dogs,
if you like what you see, we would love to help you get your dream Pomsky puppy!